We were all taught in school about certain despicable atrocities that occurred during the 20th century. The most obvious one is Nazi murder of Jews in concentration camps, and no stone has been left unturned in trying to hunt down those responsible. That there is a comic Nazi-hunting character on the TV series Glee shows how deeply burned into the American psyche this historical episode is.
Massacres committed by Communists, by contrast, are less well known but far more numerous. Students are sometimes taught about the Cultural Revolution in China and Stalin’s purges of the Soviet Communist Party in the late 1930s, but those are only the tip of the iceberg, even in those two countries. When you start learning about 20th-century Communist atrocities, there is always another one on the horizon by which you can be disgusted.
I just came across one of these I had never known about, Marshal Tito’s slaughter of 12,000 Slovenians who were “repatriated” to Yugoslavia by the British at the end of World War II. Recently a Mass was said in a British church in memory of these victims, most of whom were Roman Catholic.
If you read The Black Book of Communism, you will encounter a seemingly endless list of occasions when mass murders of this sort were carried out. The crazy thing is that many Europeans who were complicit in these events went on to become very respectable leaders in “post-communist” Europe. It’s too bad the world hasn’t chased down those people with the same zeal it has reserved for the Assistant Dogcatchers of the Third Reich.
[Thanks to Tom Piatak for pointing me to this story.]